What is the incidence of breast cancer in young women?

Despite the prevailing opinion that young women don't get breast cancer, the reality is that they can and do. In fact, one in every 229 women between the ages of 30 and 40 will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the next 10 years. Following are some other startling facts about breast cancer in young women:

  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 15 to 44.
  • Approximately 11,100 women age 40 and under will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
  • There are more than 250,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40 or under currently living in the United States.
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